Why is the resurging Mac as a platform so successful these days?
Partly because of a robust community of developers, a growing list of happy customers, and evangelizing Mac web sites.
There are dozens of Mac oriented web sites. Sites for iPods, OS X Server, low end Macs, programmers, newbies, switchers and more.
Here’s my list of favorite Mac sites and why, starting with my daily visited sites, my RSS sites, and must-read-again sites.
All are updated multiple times during the day and feature the latest in Apple and Mac news, and the latest application versions.
I will check in to Macworld from time to time, but not daily. Their reviews tend to be a little more detailed than Mac360, and the news more frequent, though not cutting edge.
See what you can do when you have a budget that actually pays for staff?
For attitude, MacDailyNews is hard to beat. Those folks are highly pro Mac but manage to cover a bucket of debating topics each day.
Both are regularly read by the Mac360 staff, but MacOSRumors is no longer on the list.
As a Mac site, we cover some iPod news, views, reviews, and commentary, but don’t focus as much attention as iLounge on iPod matters.
If insightful entertainment is your bag, then you’ll enjoy the occasional antics found at the Macalope site. It’s not Mac the Knife, but those days are gone.
Bare Feats is a great Mac site for hardware reviews, with a particular slant toward performance. The geekier among us love it.
Not all of us can afford the latest and greatest and most expensive new Macs, so Dan Knight’s LowEndMac is a must read for how to keep your costs down when using a Mac (not always easy these days).
The average Mac user will have to wade through a lot information that may not easily be understood, but Mac OS X Hints is an excellent resource for quick fixes when your Mac experiences a problem.
Some Mac magazines have translated well to the internet and web sites, including MacAddict.
Many Mac web sites have forums these days, and one of our favorites is MacRumors.
Make sure you know what you’re talking about when you post. They bite. Tera tangled with them a few times.
Speaking of Tera, she was much more active on Mac forums than me or other Mac360 staffers.
All these Mac sites show up in my RSS feeds or my Safari bookmarks, along with a few others that are visited less frequently.
Tera often mentioned that Mac360 was originally inspired by the writing style of Jack Miller at AppleTurns and John Gruber of Fireball. Tera and Jack are gone, but Fireball and Mac360 are still around.
There are other Mac sites I visit from time to time, though the list above includes the regular places to haunt.
What about you? Do you have a list of favorite Mac web sites to visit? Did I miss one on my list that’s deserving of mention or commendation or scorn? Share your favorite with Mac360 readers in the Comments section below.